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Monday, April 19, 2021

Mars Helicopter

First Video of NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter in Flight, Includes Takeoff and Landing (High-Res)
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

We've been getting hints about this thing for months but they finally got it to fly. Shipped all the way from Earth, it survived the landing, got unpacked, and managed to take off, hover (and rotate if my eyes don't deceive me) and land. It's flying autonomously, the time time-lag for any signals coming from Earth is too long to be able to exert any kind of flight control. If things continue to go well, they should start doing some aerial surveys of the surrounding area. Very cool, NASA.

I don't know, but I suspect the connection between the current crawler and Earth is too thin to support video. It was probably stored on board and then piped to Earth at a reduced data rate.

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